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Applesauce

Materials:

  • Slow cooker
  • Apples cut into slices

For an 8-quart slow cooker:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Peel the skin off the apples or apple slices. Fill the slow cooker bowl with as many apple slices that will fit.
  2. Add sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Cook on HIGH until the apples are soft and mushy.
  4. When cooked, mash the apples up into a sauce. Add sugar and cinnamon as needed for flavor. 

Suggested project uses

This project can be used in the following ways:

  • Pair with a good apple book!
  • While you are waiting for the apples to cook, do a fun apple project!
  • Pair with a taste testing of the apples. Have a variety of yellow, green, and red apples. You could also choose between different types of apples like Pink Ladies, Gala, and Washington. (Whichever is readily available in your grocery store! ;)) Find out which apples are your kids’ choice and make the applesauce from those apples!
  • If you have a couple slow cookers handy, you can do an experiment to show how sugar effects the taste of cooking. Have one slow cooker with the recipe above and another with only apples. Your students can taste the difference and write about it! Then they can write about which one was their favorite.
  • Pair this recipe with a lesson about your five senses. Use as a science experiment to practice observation, making hypotheses, and drawing conclusions.

Discussion suggestions:

Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:

  • Cooking safety. Rules about cooking, handling sharp objects, washing hands, etc.
  • What is cooking? How does cooking work?
  • Have your child hypothesize about what they think will happen to the apples as it cooks. 
  • Make observations during the cooking process. Draw a picture and show what the apples are like when you first put them into the pot. Then check your pot every 20 minutes and note the differences. What color is it? What does it smell like? Do you see any changes happening?
  • Use your 5 senses to observe the apples before and after cooking. Touch, taste, listen to, look at, and smell the apple. How did it change when the apple was cooked?

Skillset

While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:

  • Fine motor
  • Eye-Hand Coordination 
  • Cooking
  • Senses
  • Observations
  • Science – Hypothesis